Maternity

Reflexology during pre-conception pregnancy, labour, postnatal period

 

Reflexology during maternity is aimed specifically at women during pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period.

 

Sue Bennett  VTCT IIHHT CNHC reg'd
01782 330080
07758 459465
sue@soothes.co.uk

 

Pre-Conceptual Care

In an ideal world, the best time to begin to prepare your body for pregnancy is about four months before conception.  The most important developments in the womb take place in the early weeks of pregnancy so it is a good idea when planning a pregnancy to ensure your body is in optimum condition to carry a baby.

 Reflexology and/or  Reiki  could help to balance your hormonal system,whilst energising, deeply relaxing and de-stressing you,        all of which,  encourage and optimise your chances of conceiving.

 

During Pregnancy

Your body will go through many changes; which may affect your emotional, hormonal and physiological balance for a while.

It is true to say that most mums to be suffer varying degrees of stress and anxiety, and worry as the birth of their baby draws nearer as to how they will cope with caring for a baby, let alone with the labour process!

Pregnancy is a wonderful thing and some women adjust perfectly to the hormonal changes that are taking place. However, there are others who find the physical and emotional side effects of these hormonal changes difficult to adjust to initially.

Reflexology or Reiki can help to alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from these changes. Most husbands are more than happy and indeed, often  book  sessions as a surprise gift for their lovely pregnant lady,  happy to be able to do something to help! 

Reflexology and/or Reiki are the most relaxing complementary therapies you can choose to have during your pregnancy.  They are both safe and effective, promoting more restful sleep patterns and  improving general well being,  whilst helping you to adjust to the major hormonal changes you are undergoing. They have also been known to help to reduce many of the aches and pains and anxiety associated with pregnancy.

Reflexology during pregnancy can be beneficial in helping with:

  • Anaemia
  • Anxiety and stress relief
  • Appetite regulation
  • Backache
  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Constipation
  • Digestive problems
  • Prevention of Gestational Diabetes
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Muscular Fatigue
  • Muscular tension
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Oedema (swelling, mainly of feet and ankles)
  • Urinary tract problems, cystitis etc.
  • Increase energy levels
  • Sciatica
  • Reduce heartburn
  • Turning a breech baby
  • Preparation for labour
  • Aching feet

Reflexology is safe and deeply relaxing during pregnancy, very effective to reduce stress and anxiety,and many of the emotional and physical changes experienced through out your pregnancy.

Labour 

Reflexology can be used during the labour to help stimulate and control contractions.

I am happy to consider supporting you in any way you require, with your Medical practitioners' approval.

 

I wouldn't recommend Reflexology if you have:
  • severe hypertension
  • placenta previa, or
  • recent vaginal bleeding.

 

Post Pregnancy

Once the baby is born, the hormones take a nose-dive and this sudden drop can have a major effect on new mothers' emotions, as well as all the other pressures on her:  feeding, caring for the newborn, lack of sleep, etc.  Reflexology and/or Reiki can help to calm an anxious mother or partner, and ease and balance  hormones and energy levels.

 

 

It has been shown in various studies that regular treatments following the birth can reduce the effects of post natal depression and help with:

  • Inadequate lactation
  • Enlarged breasts
  • Urine retention
  • Constipation
  • Backache
  • Depleted energy levels
  • Anxiety whether you can cope ect.,
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Tearful or emotional outbursts
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed by everything
  • Guilty for feeling like you do.

Please call me for further information. If I am engaged, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

Sub Fertility

 

Affects many couples and can be extremely upsetting.  Some couples are told there is no medical reason why they are unable to conceive.  Reflexology is by no means a cure and there are, of course, no guarantees but I personally have had excellent results in helping those with such problems to conceive.

See 'Infertility' and 'Reiki' sections for further information.

Although there is no one answer as to why some people seem unable to conceive, certain factors have been shown to be detrimental to chances of conception including stress, lifestyle, previous experiences and health issues.

Reflexology and/or Reiki help by reducing stress levels, whilst allowing a deep relaxation to take place, which eases tension and helps couples to stand a greater chance of becoming parents.

Ring me for further details or make an appointment for a free consultation with the opportunity to discuss anything which is of interest / concern to you, or just for a chat.